Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly Calls on United Nations to Fully Enforce UNSC Resolution 2401

The 38th ordinary session of the Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly began Saturday morning. Members of the Assembly will discuss the ongoing genocide in eastern Ghouta and ways to ensure full implementation of Security Council resolution 2401.

Tabled for discussions is also the Assad regime’s repeated use of chemical weapons amid continued failure of the international community’s to enforce UN Security Council resolutions on Syria.

Moreover, the meeting will discuss the latest political developments and the negotiations process and will review the constitutional process in accordance with UN resolution 2254.

Members of the General Assembly reiterated that Russia is a partner of the Assad regime in its crimes. They added that Russia does not meet its international pledges which contravenes with its status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Salwa Aqsoy on Friday said that Russia’s continued military attacks against Syrian civilians in support of the Assad regime will not dissuade the Syrian people from continuing to demand their rights to freedom, dignity and the overthrow of the regime.

“The Syrian people will not make a single step back,” Aksoy said. “Attempts to re-produce the Assad regime will be doomed to failure.” She stressed that insistence on the regaining of freedom and dignity as well as the establishment of a democratic state is the only way out of the conflict in Syria.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 10.03.2018)

Former minister hails administrative detainees’ protest steps

Former minister Wasfi Qubaha

Former minister for Palestinian prisoners’ affairs in Israeli prisons Wasfi Qubaha stressed the importance of administrative detainees’ decision to boycott Israeli courts as a protest step against their illegal detention.

The prisoners’ move came in rejection of the sharp increase of administrative detention orders, holing them captive without charges or trial, in addition to constant violations against them, he said.

They are also seeking to expose these Israeli violations at the international human rights organizations, he continued.

Any decision would be taken in the absence of the prisoner and his lawyer will be an additional condemnation of the Israeli courts, the former minister clarified.

In this regard, he stressed the urgent need to escalate the official and popular support to the administrative detainees’ protest steps.

He also called for activating their issue and exposing Israeli injustice at international forums.

Hundreds of administrative detainees are still boycotting Israeli military courts for nearly a month, demanding basic rights.

There are currently 450 administrative detainees in Israeli lock-ups, some of whom have had their detention renewed several times and some others have been incarcerated for 14 straight years without charge or trial.

(Source / 10.03.2018)

National forces call for escalating anti-occupation activities

Anti occupation activities

Palestinian national and Islamic forces in Ramallah and al-Bireh, in the central West Bank, called in a statement issued Saturday for escalating anti-occupation activities throughout the Occupied Territories.

The statement also called for larger clashes on Fridays, and to ignite confrontations at Beit El checkpoint.

Meanwhile, the national forces condemned the assault by Israel’s undercover troops and soldiers into Birzeit University and the abduction of the student council head.

They also stressed the need to provide protection to the Palestinian people in the face of such Israeli practices and called for supporting local and international boycott campaigns.

(Source / 10.03.2018)

Israeli settlers attack houses, attempt to burn mosque in Hebron-area village

Houses attackted Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian residents of the southern occupied West Bank village of al-Tiwani, and attempted to set fire to the village’s mosque, according to locals.

Locals from al-Tiwani, located in the South Hebron Hills, told Ma’an that a group of 30 settlers from the Maon and Havat Maon settlements raided the village under the protection of Israeli soldiers.
Settlers reportedly through rocks at Palestinians and their homes, and attempted to set fire to the village mosque, but were stopped by locals.
Jumaa Ribai, a resident of al-Tiwani, told Ma’an that “yesterday the settlers broke my car and threw stones at my house, and today they are renewing their attack on the village and residents.”
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Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.
The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.
The majority of settler thefts committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such thefts.Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks or theft result in a conviction.

(Source / 10.03.2018)

EU opposes Israeli law on stripping residency rights from Palestinians in Jerusalem

East Jerusalem residents routinely have their homes demolished and building permits arbitrarily denied

A Palestinian man searches through the rubble of his home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, after Israeli forces demolished it, on 26 August, 2013 [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages]

A Palestinian man searches through the rubble of his home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, after Israeli forces demolished it, on 26 August, 2013

The EU announced on Friday its opposition to an Israeli law which gives the Interior Minister the power to strip residency rights from Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, it has been reported. The law was passed by the Knesset on Wednesday.

“The new law could make the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem – a protected population under international humanitarian law – even more precarious than it already is today,” commented the EU’s External Action Service. “[It could also] be used to further compromise the Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem, which would further undermine the prospects of a two-state solution.”

The Service confirmed that, “In line with international law, the European Union does not recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including East Jerusalem, and does not consider them to be part of Israel’s territory, irrespective of their legal status under domestic Israeli law.”

Read: New Israel law targeting Palestinian residents of Jerusalem ‘illegal’ says rights groups

The law has been passed in the wake of a ruling by the Israeli High Court to overturn a 10-year-old decision to strip residency rights from three Palestinian MPs and a former minister from Jerusalem. The court gave the Knesset six months to find a way for the Interior Ministry to remove Palestinians’ residency rights.

The EU, said the External Action Service statement, promised to “closely monitor if and how this new law is applied to Palestinians in East Jerusalem.”

(Source / 10.03.2018)

Civilian Suffering ‘Worse than Ever’ in Syria War

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (L) speaks to a refugee during a visit to an unofficial refugee camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley on March 8, 2018

The living conditions of civilians inside Syria are worse than ever, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Friday, with the conflict set to enter its eighth year.

“The conditions faced by civilians inside Syria are worse than ever, with 69 percent languishing in extreme poverty,” Grandi said during a visit to Lebanon.

The war in Syria started in March 2011 when protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad sparked a brutal crackdown that led to one of the deadliest conflicts of our time.

“This seven-year war has left a colossal human tragedy in its wake. For the sake of the living, it is high time to end this devastating conflict,” Grandi was quoted as saying in a statement.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, more than 340,000 people have been killed since then in a conflict the UN says caused the worst displacement since World War II.

“The share of families spending more than half of their annual income on food has risen to 90 percent, while food prices are on average eight times higher than pre-crisis levels,” he said.

The regime, with decisive military backing from Russia, is steadily reconquering areas it lost in the earlier stages of the conflict.

Grandi said: “There are no clear winners in this senseless pursuit of a military solution. But the losers are plain to see – they are the people of Syria.”

(Source / 10.03.2018)

Israeli soldiers brutally assault Palestinian south of Bethlehem

Jihad Zawahreh

A Palestinian young man on Friday night suffered injuries and bruises in different parts of his body when Israeli soldiers physically assaulted him on a road near a settlement in southern Bethlehem.

The young man was identified as Jihad Zawahreh from the village of Masara in southern Bethlehem.

Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli soldiers detained and assaulted Zawahreh at the rotary of the illegal settlement of Efrat, which was built on annexed lands belonging to Palestinian villages and towns in southern Bethlehem.

They added that the soldiers embarked on brutally beat Zawahreh with their rifle butts and caused him to suffer injuries and bruises.

Later, the young man was transferred to Beit Jala Hospital where he received medical assistance.

(Source / 10.03.2018)

Settlers attack kindergarten school bus with stones in Salfit

School bus attack

Extremist Jewish settlers on Friday evening attacked a school bus carrying children in Wad Qana touristic area west of Salfit city in the northern West Bank.

Local sources said that the attacking settlers threw the bus with stones resulting in the injury of the driver and breaking the glass of one of the bus’s windows.

The sources pointed out that the kindergarten kids were returning back from a journey to Wad Qana site when the settlers savagely attacked their bus leading to intimidation and panic among the little boys and girls.

(Source / 10.03.2018)

Palestinian killed, dozens injured on 14th Friday of Anger protests

14th Friday of Anger

A Palestinian young man was killed while dozens injured by Israeli gunfire in protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday over the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that Mohammed al-Ja’bari, a 24-year-old youth with a disability, died after sustaining serious injuries during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in al-Zawiya area in al-Khalil.

In Occupied Jerusalem, the PIC reporter said that nearly 50,000 Palestinian worshipers performed Friday prayer at al-Aqsa Mosque amid strict Israeli security measures.

Dozens of Palestinian citizens performed Friday prayer in al-Shuhadaa square in Nablus as a protest step at the US Jerusalem move.

Sheikh Ahmad Shoubash, during his Friday sermon, warned of the consequences of the US administration’s decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem on the anniversary of the establishment of Israel (Palestinian 1948 Nakba).

In another context, Shoubash called for escalating solidarity campaigns with the Palestinian prisoners, especially those held in Israeli jails without charge or trial.

Four Palestinians were injured by live and rubber bullets in clashes between Palestinian youths and the IOF in al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village south of Nablus, according to the PIC reporter.

A number of Palestinians suffered breathing difficulties after the IOF soldiers showered them with tear gas canisters to protect a group of Israeli settlers who attacked Palestinian houses in Einabus village south of Nablus.

In a related context, violent clashes erupted in Burin town  but no injuries or arrests were reported. Meanwhile, a Palestinian boy was arrested while injured during clashes in Madama town south of Nablus.

Local sources reported that confrontations flared up between Palestinian youths and the IOF soldiers in al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya village and at the northern entrance to al-bireh city during which the soldiers heavily fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs and rubber bullets.

Wafa news agency said, quoting local sources, that dozens of Palestinians in Ni’lin village west of Ramallah rallied near the apartheid wall in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners  Ahed al-Tamimi and Israa al-Ja’abis, and in protest at the US Jerusalem move.

The IOF heavily fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protesters causing dozens of suffocation cases.

Other injuries were reported in the IOF quelling of the weekly demonstration against settlement in Qalqilya’s village of Kafr Qaddum.

Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, demonstrations and protests were launched in different areas of the costal enclave against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the decade-long blockade.

Gaza’s Ministry of Health said that about 10 Palestinians were injured by the IOF gunfire in clashes along Gaza’s eastern border fence.

(Source / 10.03.2018)

Abu Oun: PA violations in West Bank serve Israeli occupation

Nazih Abu Oun

The Hamas leader in Jenin province Nazih Abu Oun said on Friday that the attacks and violations committed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces in the West Bank serve only the Israeli occupation.

Abu Oun in a press statement called on all factions to pressure Fatah to stop its ceaseless violations against the Palestinian people including imposing sanctions on Gaza, evading the reconciliation obligations, forcing some teachers into early retirement and abducting and torturing Palestinian activists.

He continued to say that the PA is required to work to confront the Israeli settlement and Judaization projects as well as the daily raid and arrest campaigns in the West Bank instead of adding insult to injury.

He called on the Palestinian families affected by the PA oppressive policies to stage regular protests at the PA detention centers where their sons and relatives are arbitrarily held.

(Source / 10.03.2018)